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Bibil Identifier bibil:227370
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Righteous Gentile Interjects (James 2:18-19 and Romans 2:14-15)
Author Heath, Jane
Journal Novum Testamentum. An International Quarterly for New Testament and Related Studies (Volume: 55, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 272-295 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Jas 2:18-19 is at the heart of James’ famous (or, to some, infamous) argument about faith and works, but it defies definitive interpretation due to combined difficulties in punctuation and in tracing the literary continuity in James’ argument. This essay approaches the problematic passage in the context of James’ literary intertextuality with Paul. It suggests that the enigmatic objector in James is one of Paul’s righteous gentiles (Rom 2:14-15), who lumps James and his Jewish Christian ‘brothers’ together in charging them with hypocrisy (cf. Rom 2:17-23). James artfully gives this gentile Christian voice to strengthen his own argument, for an audience already alerted to his rich intertextuality with Paul.
DOI 10.1163/15685365-12341425
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Catholic Epistles : James
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Romans
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Faith
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Works
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Salvation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Intertextuality
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Nations
Pericopes James 2,18-2,19
Romans 2,14-2,15
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